5 additional TN district attorneys file suit against opioid producers

Posted by | January 11, 2018 9:56 am

14 district attorneys general representing 47 counties now involved in fight against fraudulent marketing, criminal pill mills

The district attorneys general of Tennessee’s 13th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, and 31stt Judicial Districts have jointly filed a lawsuit against prescription opioid producer Purdue Pharma L.P. and its related companies, along with Mallinckrodt LLC, Endo Health Solutions, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Filed Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Cumberland County Circuit Court in Crossville, the lawsuit also includes additional defendants Montclair Health & Wellness LLC (doing business as Special Associates); North Alabama Pain Services, LLC; Mark Murphy, medical director of both pain … Read More

Kevin Spencer in concert

Posted by | January 11, 2018 9:41 am

Photo courtesy of kevinspencermusic.com

Kevin Spencer will be at Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church, at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14. Every one welcome to attend this Southern Gospel concert.

MLK King of the Court tips off Saturday at UTC

Posted by | January 11, 2018 8:43 am

The Second Annual Waffle House MLK King of the Court presented by CABC will be held on Saturday. This event features eight teams with four games.

The event will be held at Maclellan Gym on the campus of UTC. It was created to help grow the excitement and exposure of basketball in the greater Chattanooga area.

The Van Buren County Eagles and Eaglettes will play in the event for the second straight year. The Eaglettes will get the event started at 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT against Girls Preparatory School. The Eaglettes and GPS have already faced off once this year, with the Eaglettes picking up a … Read More

6th grade teams begin play Jan. 20 in James C. Haile State Tournament

Posted by | January 11, 2018 8:40 am

While there is not one lone state champion named in middle school basketball in the state of Tennessee, there is one invitational tournament that has been naming a season-ending winner for the last 39 years, and three White County Middle School teams will be competing in it this year.

The James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament, hosted by   Middle Tennessee Christian School, in Murfreesboro, is the oldest continuous state junior high tournament, in Tennessee. The event is named in honor of a White County native who helped establish the tournament and coached at Central Middle School, in Murfreesboro.

The WCMS 6th grade Warriorettes will get their tournament started, … Read More

Warriors unable to hold on late in last two outings

Posted by | January 11, 2018 8:37 am

David Kinser goes up for a layup in between two Cumberland County defenders in Tuesday night’s game. Kinser finished the night with 7 points.

Micah Webster takes a shot from the top of the key in Tuesday night’s game against Cumberland County. Webster finished with 13 points.

The White County High School Warriors have been unable to hold onto a lead in the fourth quarter their last two outings. Some of that, though, has to do with the Warriors losing their leading scorer. On Friday night, Grant Slatten was injured in the fourth quarter against DeKalb County. Slatten will require surgery and is looking to be out for … Read More

Warriorettes split their final two games before District 6AAA play

Posted by | January 11, 2018 8:30 am

TN Department of Health says it’s not too late to get a flu shot

Posted by | January 11, 2018 6:51 am

With students going back to school and parents returning to work after their holiday break, it is important to take precautions to keep everyone healthy, according to Tennessee Department of Health and Van Buren County Health Department.

“We want to protect our family, friends and community from illness throughout the winter months when the risk for influenza is typically the greatest,” stated Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner. “The influenza vaccine is still proven to be the best protection we have against the flu, and I urge everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot now.”

Tennessee typically sees the highest number of seasonal … Read More

Van Buren County Sheriff Department joins SAFE campaign

Posted by | January 11, 2018 6:49 am

Van Buren County Sheriff Department recently announced that they would be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for its fifth annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone campaign.

The SAFE campaign is a statewide initiative that is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout communities across Tennessee, including Spencer. The seatbelt campaign will officially begin on Feb. 1, 2018, and will continue until Aug. 1, 2018.

With the rapid changing weather conditions this time of year, the sheriff department states it is very important to use all safety precautions available to travelers. During a … Read More

Van Buren County mayor sets specific goals for 2018

Posted by | January 11, 2018 6:47 am

Riding off a wave of accomplishing several goals and tasks during 2017, the government of Van Buren County is looking forward to achieving a new set of goals in 2018.

Recently, Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson released a list of several accomplishments achieved by the county during the previous year.

According to a letter released to the public from the Van Buren County Mayor’s Office, on Jan. 9, “2017 was a good year for Van Buren County.” The letter proceeded to list several accomplishments the county achieved during 2017. Thanks to numerous grants that the county applied for and received, over $50,000 was awarded to the county … Read More

Roadside welfare check results in one drug arrest in Van Buren

Posted by | January 11, 2018 6:45 am

Joseph Glenn Johnson

While on patrol during the recent frigid weather, a Van Buren County sheriff deputy came into contact with a vehicle on the side of the highway, and, following a welfare check on the occupants in the vehicle, an individual was arrested on multiple drug charges.

On Jan. 1, 2018, Dustin Brisher, Van Buren County sheriff deputy, was on patrol when he came into contact with a vehicle that was parked on the side of Highway 111, near the intersection of Pine Grove Road, according to an affidavit filed with the General Sessions Court of Van Buren County. According to the affidavit, Brisher observed the driver … Read More

Robinson joins efforts in moving the tomb of 11th president of the U.S.

Posted by | January 11, 2018 6:36 am

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson recently joined the efforts of numerous elected officials across Tennessee in support of relocating the tomb of one of the nation’s president to his ancestral home, in Tennessee.

There has been widespread support across Tennessee for the organizers of “The Journey Home for President James K. Polk” campaign, with 72 of Tennessee’s county mayors, including Robinson, writing letters in favor of the tomb to be moved to the President James K. Polk Home and Museum. The tombs of President James K. Polk and First Lady Sarah Polk are now located at the state capitol, where they were moved after the destruction of … Read More

Collision on Crossville Highway sends juvenile to Erlanger

Posted by | January 11, 2018 6:34 am


A multi-vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer over this past weekend caused the closure of lanes on Crossville Highway and resulted in a female juvenile being airlifted.

On Jan. 6, 2018, at approximately 10:09 p.m., White County E-911 dispatchers received notification that a multi-vehicle collision, with possible injuries, occurred on Crossville Highway. Initial reports first responders received stated a vehicle had collided with a tractor-trailer.

BonDeCroft and Eastland volunteer fire departments, along with Sparta-White County Volunteer Rescue Squad, White County Emergency Medical Service, White County Sheriff Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival at the scene, emergency responders discovered that a 2005 Mazda … Read More

“Goodbye” is still a tough word to say

Posted by | January 11, 2018 6:31 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

A couple days after Christmas, we left our 8-month-old boxer with her friends at the vet’s office. She was so excited. “Goodbye” is not in her vocabulary yet, but it was still tough for us to leave her, knowing how much she would miss us when she realized we were gone. We really missed her for the next week, too, but we spent the next six days with our two granddaughters.

Annabelle and Katie Grace were so entertaining as we drove to Williamsburg to see the sights, shop, ride the ferry, shop, eat, shop, worship at Bruton Parish Church, shop, try to … Read More

Term limits: a palliative, not a cure

Posted by | January 11, 2018 6:30 am

Language of Liberty – By Publius Huldah

What’s the real problem with our federal government? That people in Congress serve too many terms? And if we get an Amendment to limit their terms, will our Land be healed?

Of course not! The real problem is that the politicians we elect ignore our Constitution – yet we keep reelecting them.

As a result, the federal government exercises thousands of powers not delegated; but everyone goes along with it. The States get federal funds for going along with unconstitutional federal programs; the People get all sorts of benefits, subsidies, and free stuff; and many live altogether at other peoples’ expense. … Read More

Health department warns about risk of misusing buprenorphine

Posted by | January 11, 2018 6:28 am

Local and state health officials warn those who take buprenorphine to use caution as misusing this prescription drug could result in an overdose death, according to recent data collected in Tennessee. (Photo Courtesy of Tennessee Department of Health)

White County Health Department and Tennessee Department of Health have issued warnings about the misuse of a drug that is prescribed to treat substance-use disorders after a rising number of overdoses have been reported.

According to health officials, the prescription drug buprenorphine, which is an important part of treatment for many individuals with substance-use disorders, when paired with therapy and support, can help save lives. However, Tennessee Department of Health data have shown an increase in deaths associated with buprenorphine when the drug is used with another respiratory depressant.

As organizations and individuals across Tennessee work to reduce the impact of the epidemic of drug overdoses in the … Read More

$800,000 grant received by THP to combat crashes

Posted by | January 11, 2018 6:26 am

Tennessee Highway Patrol was recently awarded significant grant funding from the Federal Highway Administration aimed at reducing crashes across Tennessee, including in the Upper Cumberland. (Photo By BOBBY MCCULLEY).

Thanks to new federal funding, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, with help from local law enforcement agencies across Tennessee, hopes to combat and reduce crashes, in 2018.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recently received traffic safety grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to provide increased enforcement and public awareness campaigns in an effort to reduce serious injuries and fatal crashes on state roadways. The grant funds will be distributed by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office throughout the state, with several different campaigns.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be focused this year on targeting seat belt usage. The THP “BELTS” program will provide funding to allow state troopers … Read More

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